Red Lotus Loose Leaf Tea

Red Lotus Loose Leaf Tea

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A wonderful new variety of lotus tea in our store- Red Lotus Loos Leaf Tea! 

This is a wondering variety- not a lot of information on the internet about this plant- from our experience red lotus is a very enjoyable borderline sedative drink. Very relaxing and also psychoactive similar to the blue lotus water lily variety. Red lotus is a nice dark red / blue with aspects of black, perfectly died and ready for storage / tea, 

When to avoid Kanna? Precautions?

Yes, it's recommended to avoid Kanna when taking other SSRI's as there may be an adverse interaction between these.

Otherwise Kanna is considered a safe herbal supplement.

As with any new herbal supplement it's recommended to consult your physician first.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sceletium Phytochemistry

Extract Profiles what they Mean and Use cases for the main alkaloids




MT-55: The Potent Mood Enhancer

With its high mesembrine content, MT-55 offers an immediate uplift in mood and energy, making it perfect for those seeking rapid enhancement of well-being. This extract provides a balance of calm and focus alongside its mood-boosting effects, establishing itself as a potent choice for emotional uplift.

MZO: Energizing with Clarity

MZO stands out as our most stimulating extract, thanks to its high concentration of mesembrine. It not only enhances mood but also energizes, . For those in need of both emotional and physical energy, MZO is the ideal selection.

XK6: The Balanced Relaxation

XK6 promotes a state of relaxation with its balanced alkaloid profile, ensuring a holistic sense of well-being. It effectively reduces stress without compromising cognitive function, making it the go-to extract for a gentle yet profound calming effect.

VU3: Cognitive Support Meets Mood Lift

VU3 uniquely combines mood enhancement with cognitive support. On days demanding emotional stability and mental clarity, VU3 offers a warm huggy and harmonious boost, supporting both the mind and spirit without leading to overstimulation.

IX: Subtle Clarity and Calm

IX provides a gentle mood lift and relaxation, catering to those looking for a subtle enhancement in their mental and emotional state. It proves that the most meaningful impacts often come from the most gentle interventions.

MIX: The Synergistic Experience

MIX, our proprietary blend of VU3, XK6, MT-55, IX, and MZO, utilizes the entourage effect for a uniquely potent and diverse wellness experience. This innovative blend exemplifies the versatility and depth of Kanna's benefits, offering a comprehensive approach to well-being.

FS-33: The New Contender

The newest member of our extract family, FS-33, quickly earned its place as a favorite for its well-rounded approach to enhancing mood. It adeptly combines energy with tranquility, offering a new perspective on achieving holistic well-being..

Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) contains several alkaloids, with mesembrine, mesembrenone, and delta-7 mesembrenone being among the most notable for their effects on mental and physical health. Here’s a summary of what research and traditional use suggest about these compounds:


• Antidepressant and Anxiolytic Effects: Mesembrine is known for its strong serotonin reuptake inhibition, potentially more potent than certain pharmaceutical antidepressants like fluoxetine. This action can help enhance mood and relieve stress. It’s also been found to act as a mild antidepressant, mood booster, and sleep enhancer .

• Cognitive and Mood Enhancement: Case reports indicate that kanna extract, containing mesembrine, can be effective in eliminating depression symptoms. Additionally, mesembrine’s anti-inflammatory properties may aid in combating low-grade inflammation and cytokine-induced depression .


• Mood and Cognitive Abilities: Mesembrenone acts as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor but is distinguished by its effectiveness in inhibiting the PDE4B enzyme, which plays a role in mood and mental functions. This action suggests potential for enhancing mood and improving cognitive abilities .

• Pain Relief and Antimicrobial Properties: Kanna has been used traditionally as an analgesic and antimicrobial agent. Mesembrenone, specifically, is associated with these properties, offering relief from discomfort and potentially contributing to antimicrobial effects .

Delta-7 Mesembrenone

While less is known about delta-7 mesembrenone specifically, the combined action of kanna’s alkaloids, including this one, contributes to its overall psychoactive and health benefits.

Effects on Health

• Pain Relief: Kanna has been traditionally used and observed in studies to provide pain relief, likely due to its interaction with the body’s pain receptors. It has been used for headaches, abdominal pain, and pain in the respiratory tract .
• Stress and Anxiety Reduction: Kanna exhibits adaptogenic qualities, assisting the body in managing stress by modulating cortisol levels. This can promote a balanced response to stress and has been shown to elicit anxiolytic activity .
• Anti-inflammatory Action: Studies have shown that high concentrations of kanna extracts, particularly those rich in mesembrine, demonstrate anti-inflammatory properties .

Concluding Thoughts

Our exploration into Kanna extracts at Healing Herbals has been both revealing and rewarding, uncovering the vast potential of this remarkable plant for supporting natural wellness. Each extract's distinct alkaloid composition opens up different pathways to achieving balance and well-being, underscoring the importance of personal experience in selecting the right supplement.

We encourage you to join us in this exploration, as we continue to discover and share the benefits of Kanna. The journey to wellness is deeply personal, and with the right natural support, it can lead to transformative experiences.

Pictured here is a large kanna plant taking up most of the foreground and some kanna is fuzzy as it's too close to the camera

Kanna & Quality

Healing Herbals was established as a comprehensive online platform, offering an array of services and products related to the Sceletium plant. We offer a wide range of Kanna extract, kanna loose leaf, tinctures and other potent sceletium & plant based products.

Our aim is to meet the growing international interest in Sceletium by offering a unique shopping experience and a reliable supply chain. We serve as a central hub for various forms of Sceletium, functioning both as a large-scale distributor and a diverse retail outlet. Our offerings include not only our own products but also those from our main suppliers.

Our commitment extends through sustainable and ethical sourcing of Sceletium tortuosum. We ensure that our plant material is organically grown, without the use of synthetic chemicals, and sourced either from well-managed farms or sustainably maintained wild ecosystems on private lands.

In alignment with our ethical practices our main suppliers participate in fair sharing agreements with the indigenous San and Khoikhoi communities including the South African San Council. These are the traditional knowledge holders of Sceletium. Additionally our suppliers are authorized by the Western Province Department of Cape Nature to distribute and export Sceletium globally.

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History of Kanna

The history of Kanna, also known as Sceletium tortuosum, is a fascinating journey through time, culture, and geography. This revered herb, indigenous to South Africa, has played a significant role in the lives of the local people, particularly the Khoikhoi and the San tribes, since prehistoric times. These tribes, initially hunter-gatherers, used Kanna for various purposes including relief from thirst and hunger, to combat fatigue, and for social and spiritual purposes. They had a profound connection with the plant, associating it with the sacred eland antelope and referring to it by the same name: 'kanna'​​.

The area where Kanna was found was so rich in the plant that it was called ‘Channaland’ by the local inhabitants, reflecting the abundance of Sceletium and eland in the region​​. The rich oral tradition of knowledge about Sceletium tortuosum, unfortunately, faced decline due to conflicts with settlers, genocidal raids, and acculturation, mainly during the 17th century colonial era​​.

The first written reports of Kanna came from Dutch explorers like Van Riebeeck in 1662, who bartered with locals for the plant. The Dutch noted the plant's effects and termed it 'kougoed', meaning 'good to chew', appreciating its ginseng-like qualities​​. By the 18th century, Kanna had become a significant trade item, highly valued for its mood-elevating and therapeutic properties, with people traveling great distances to trade it​​.

Carl Peter Thunberg, a Swedish botanist, reported in 1773 that Kanna was used as a chewed and fermented substance, often mixed with other herbs, including cannabis, for intoxicating effects. This combination was noted to enhance the intoxicating effect of cannabis​​. By the mid-19th century, Kanna had established itself as a traded commodity in several centers, used for treating insomnia, diarrhea, and also chewed as a mild narcotic​​.

The first isolation of an alkaloid from Sceletium tortuosum was in 1898 by Meiring, who called it mesembrine. This discovery led to a deeper understanding of the plant's chemical composition, though its exact composition remains elusive​​.

Kanna's long-standing history reflects its significance in South African culture and its evolving role in global herbal medicine and recreational use. From its traditional roots to modern applications, Kanna has remained a plant of great interest and value.

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